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Howdy! Boots & Bling at TNLA EXPO 2016

Howdy! Boots & Bling at TNLA EXPO 2016

Howdy! Welcome to Houston, Texas…..all Green Industry professionals. The streets were crowded with tourists from all over the state of Texas and surrounding states. Texas Nursery & Landscape Association set the bar high in 2016. Creating a  welcoming environment brought everyone together in one central arena, George R Brown convention center. Despite the construction, parking & entertainement was A+ rating. Many people were very excited of what was within the walls of GRB #SaddeUpTNLA 2016 Nursery/Landscape Expo. …so much that I hope you will enjoy a behind the scenes round-up of the many events we participated in this year!   For the first time this year, a small group of our team members were able to attend the Newcomer’s Shindig, this experience allowed them to connect with TNLA Chairman, Billy Long , who has a charming personality and offers everyone an opportunity to connect and really maximize our investment!   I personally enjoyed the 2nd Annual Women’s Wine & Tapas Get Together…since this event is the largest, greatest education & networking event in the state, having these small groups really makes a difference in face-to-face interactions & connecting with other industry professionals. Our Keynote presenter for the ladies was Dan’l Mackey Almy with DMA Solutions, she talked about “securing a lasting legacy” and one key take away was for each of us to really find our “why?” know it and own it. Many tips on how to lead a successful career /life….Woman empowering leadership roles within the industry …I enjoyed ever second of it! Later in the evening we all geared up with our boots & bling to go Wild,...
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Welcome to EXPO New “bee”

Welcome to EXPO New “bee”

Dallas, Texas It all started with an exclusive invitation to a “hookah -like” lounge event….how could I say no! From the moment I received my invitation to the TNLA Expo in Dallas, TX  I knew our team had to experience this event!  As members of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association ( TNLA), we had the opportunity to meet other landscape professionals in Texas and Out of State. One of the biggest reasons why I decided to travel to Dallas early on was to take part in the TNLA Naturally Inspired Womens’ Wine and Tapas Get together, I wanted the opportunity to be around other woman in the industry and learn from their experiences and hear their success stories.  A few highlights from my arrival to Dallas to the day the rest of the team arrived are described in this blog post…I hope you will enjoy reading and feel free to share my experience with others! When I arrived at Kay Bailey-Hutchison Convention Center  I was blown away by the set up on the show floor, and a little overwhelmed at the same time, as to where I should begin. I was a “Newbee” in the game, and yet was welcomed with Texas size hospitality! This year all newcomers who attended the expo for the first time received a purple colored badge. (My favorite color by the way!) I did not mind to stand out, but it sure did make me feel comfortable knowing others had purple badges as well! While networking with industry professionals and business owners like myself in a very relaxed setting, the newcomers Shindig experience was a...
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